Employed: Women Employed(WE) was first organized in
1973 to provide a voice for Chicago's working women. A key founder
came from the CWLU. Focused on the enforcement of fair employment
laws, it is still in existence.
Up Angry: Organizing in the white working class neighborhoods
of Northside Chicago, Rising Up Angry (RUA) worked on a variety
of community action issues while trying to raise people's understanding
about racism, sexism and imperialism. RUA worked closely with
CWLU to open up the Chicago Park District to women's sports.
Organization for Women: The National Organization for
Women (NOW) was organized in 1966 and is today the largest feminist
group in the nation. The CWLU worked with Chicago
NOW on several projects including defense of the Abortion
7, the City Hall janitresses' campaign, and an economic justice
march in 1974.
PUSH: Operation Push (Now called Rainbow/PUSH) was first
organized by Jesse Jackson in 1969 to work on issues of poverty
and racism. The CWLU worked with Operation PUSH on the City
Hall janitresses's campaign as well as on the defense of Jo
Anne Little. Jo Anne Little was a black woman who killed a jail
guard in self defense when he tried to rape her.
of Labor Union Women: Better known as CLUW, the Coalition
of Labor Union Women worked to end discrimination in the workplace
and in its parent body, the AFL-CIO. Members of the workgroup
DARE were present at CLUW's founding in 1974 and were active
in the Chicago chapter's activities.
Founded in 1876, the Young Women's Christian Association
(YWCA) is probably best known for its sports and youth programs.
Yet it has also been a strong feminist voice against gender
and racial discrimination. The YWCA worked with the CWLU on
the City Hall janitresses campaign and opened its doors to CWLU
Moving Coffeehouse Mountain Moving Coffeehouse
is the oldest continuously running womyn's coffeehouse
in the United States, founded in 1975.The Graphics Collective
did a poster for them in the early days.
Latinas en Accion: This long established Chicago organization
is a bilingual/bicultural agency which seeks to empower women,
their families and youth. Mujeres Latinas offers counseling,
leadership development and advocacy for program participants.
Mujeres Latinas worked with the CWLU to form the Committee to
End Sterilization Abuse.
Black Feminist Organization: The National Black
Feminist Organization(NBFO) was founded in 1973 to address the
unique needs of Black women. The CWLU worked with the NBFO on
International Women's Day forums. Although no longer in existence,
you may follow the link to a historical reflection about Black
feminism which has some references to the group.
Films: Kartemquin Films has been making high quality
documentary films since 1966. They collaborated closely with
the CWLU to make films about the Chicago Maternity Center and
the Women's Graphics Collective. Several CWLU members worked
at Kartemquin. Kartemquin is probably best known for the award
winning Hoop Dreams and Viet Nam: A Long Time Coming.
Rico Solidarity Committee:The Puerto Rico Solidarity Committee
(PRSC) worked in support of Puerto Rican independence and to
raise awareness of Puerto Rican issues . The PRSC worked with
the CWLU to organize the Committee to End Sterilization Abuse.
Of Women Voters One of the oldest women's political
groups in the nation, the League of Women Voters was organized
in 1920 by members of the Women's Suffrage Movement. The League
worked with the CWLU on the City Hall janitress campaign against
Press Salsedo Press has long been a communications
mainstay of progressive Chicago. Saledo printed some of the
Chicago Women's Graphics Collective posters and CWLU members
could be found among its staff.
Academy The Midwest Academy has been training community
organizers since the 1960's. A key founder came from the CWLU.